The Collective Approach
The global collective of professionals and organizations committed to solving the lack of human connection & loneliness perpetuated by modern day life, together.
As a non-profit, our mission is to accelerate public awareness and build a coalition for professionals doing the work to solve the pervasive modern-day challenge of social disconnect and isolation.
Better Together is our mantra. To support each other in the journey and learn/share best practices. We believe that creating greater awareness and access to solutions to Social Health is best achieved when committed resources work in harmony, together. Together, we are working to create one voice, a common mission, standards, resource guide/directory and pervasive awareness to solve for this modern day disconnection seen in so much loneliness, hyper-individualism, and all the mental and physical illness that emanates from lack of connection.
Why & Who
Why is it called Social Health & Well-Being?
“Social” represents the focus on our interactions and connections to one another. “Well” represents a framework for what it means to be “Well” in the context of our social connections. Finally, “Being” as the grounded inner-capacity we strive for as humans to best integrate connection to our relationships, co-workers and community.
Our Why: As the World Health Organization has proclaimed, humans’ overall health is a factor of our physical, mental and social well-being. And yet there is no central governing body, no professionals group or any central support system for all those dedicated to solving the issue of social well-being. One that solves social isolation, loneliness and disconnection together as a collective. That’s where we come in.
Who: All concerned about our lack of connection in today's society. Our collective spans, researchers, volunteer organizations, coaches, therapist, doctors, as well as, all gathers and host leading meetups, support groups, circling and local community. In short any interested in meaningful connection and community work. Thus committed to creating more connection to support our most basic human needs of belonging and overcome our life challenges.
What is Being Offered?
Support. We are committed to support the "connection creator" in all ways from business advisory to life journey circles. A place for connectors to connect in community and develop personally, professionally and for the betterment of all that receive their work. It is our mission to ensure all those doing great work (or wanting to) have the tools, mentorship and community to thrive. When our members thrive, there is a "co-emergence" of opportunity for public facing offerings such as insightful articles, e-courses, gatherings, workshops, circles, co-working, community events, assessments, research ... for the world to learn, improve and find more connection.
For professional society members we provide
Resource & Media Platform: Creating awareness and impact through podcasts, articles, video and research you can view here.
Local Initiative Support: By leveraging best practices and shared wisdom of the society collective, we help local community organizers and connection makers launch and/or accelerate their local groups, clubs, volunteering, cause efforts and so on. See some of our work here.
Connection Gatherings & Ongoing Support: A place to connect you with others to co-learn and grow together. This includes powerful support circles, peer advisory groups, masterminds and co-working spaces online and in-person, including an annual global gathering.
Online Community & Shared Learning: A central community forum combined with e-learning courses to support the need to learn the skills in connected, shared learning environments. Must apply to join.
Curated Directory: A marketplace to make it easy for those seeking help for social wellness to find the right coach, course, retreat, gathering or group to support their journey.
What does it Cost?
Thanks to the generous support we receive from funding and as a non-profit, there is no cost outside of your time! However, there is a suggested donation request to help the organization to continue and accelerate our movement as a whole.
Options to Participate
Through the many modalities of creating community like intentional co-working, conscious circling, online peer groups, neighborhood gatherings and a common mission, the collective at its core is about creating connection with like-hearted professionals seeking to “be part of something" greater than their own practice.
Access to our in-person forums, shared learning groups and capacity building workshops all centered around developing the practice, co-creating and ultimately improving your own body of work. Additional online instructor-led learning groups to dive deeper into all areas of being a successful creator, teacher, author or entrepreneur to scale your impact on the world.
Join thousands of your peers located around the world who are committed to re-orienting to our most basic human need: connection. By co-creating new offerings, volunteering on a council or just offering your knowledge via articles or mentorship, you too can be part of a collective that together creates societal change.
Where does Social Wellness Show Up
Research shows that social wellness (connection) has equal or greater impact on one's health and longevity as does diet, smoking and exercise. 1/3 of adults are chronically lonely, reports AARP. And now, numerous studies (UCLA being one of them), attributes loneliness directly to depression, heart disease, substance abuse, tech & social media overuse, and on it goes. In short, if we are not in harmony and in good connection with others, we become physically and mentally ill. Here are a few examples of how this shows up everyday:
To learn more and apply to be part of the society, click below to be taken to a questionnaire that will tell us more about yourself. If you qualify, we will be thrilled to match you to good learning groups and send you information about what's coming next, such as our our 2020 spring gathering!